Korematsu Documentary to Be Screened in Santa Barbara

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SANTA BARBARA — The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation presents “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story” on Friday, July 27, at 7 p.m. at the Alhecama Theater, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara.

When Fred Korematsu (1919-2005) refused to obey Executive Order 9066, which sent Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment camps 70 years ago, he went from being an ordinary citizen to a civil rights champion. This award-winning documentary follows his story from the moment he first resisted confinement to the hard-won court victory he achieved 39 years later.

Following the screening, a panel of experts will discuss the legal and historical aspects of this landmark case. There will also be a reception.

This event is part of “Sharing Our Common Ground,” SBTHP’s third annual Asian American film series. Admission is free for SBTHP members; $5 suggested donation for non-members. To join, go to www.sbthp.org.

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